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Depletion of groundwater sets alarm bells ringing

Depletion of groundwater sets alarm bells ringing
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Depletion of groundwater table in majority of the mandals in the district has setthe alarm bells ringing because it could lead drinking water scarcity...

Nalgonda: Depletion of groundwater table in majority of the mandals in the district has setthe alarm bells ringing because it could lead drinking water scarcity in coming months. Out of 31 mandals in Nalgonda district, the groundwater table hasreceded in 20 mandals, according to official sources.

Sources said the average water level in the district in February 2017 wasat 10.91 metres, itwent down to 11. 30 metres in February this year. The statistics available with the Groundwater Department has indicated that the groundwater level would further decline in next two months.

Devarakonda division is likely to face the severe situation as against the average groundwater level of 15.59 metres has fallen by 1.53 metres compared to last year. Out of nine mandals in Devarakonda division,barring Marriguda, Gundlapally, the depletion of groundwater in rest rangesfrom 2.92 metres to 9.12 metres.

Kondamallepally and Neredugomma mandals In Devarakonda division have been severely affected as the groundwater levels have gone down by 6.86 metres and 9.12 metres in the month of February itself. Miryalaguda division recorded the average groundwater level at 8.25 metres in February 2018 against 7.37 metres in February 2017.

In Nalgonda division the average water level has been reported at 9.77 metres in February 2018, which is up by 0.63 meters compared to February 2017. District GroundwaterDepartment Assistant Geologist Ravi felt that even though groundwater level in the district has increased considerably due to revival of tanks under the Mission Kakatiya, tapping of more water by theagriculture borewells than the required following the 24-hour power supply to farm sector has led to depletion of groundwater levels in the district.

He advised the farmersto utilise the water economically and to build farm ponds and check dams to save the groundwater for future needs. Stating thatthe government flagship programme Haritha Haram helped increase the rainfall and groundwater levels, he suggested that the people plant more saplings.

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